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Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

The student-run community news site of Vermont State University - Johnson

Basement Medicine

Cap del Mara

Sarducci’s perfectly prepared pasta

Hannah McMahon February 11, 2023

A few weeks ago, a friend and I went out to Sarducci’s to celebrate their moving to Seattle, Washington. Sarducci’s was established in Montpelier in 1994 by Carol Paquette and Dorothey Korshak, as...

Barnyard in South Burlington, Vermont

A bite at the Barnyard is tasty, and that’s no bull

Deanna Oakes February 11, 2023

Barnyard Wood Crafted Pizza is a Vermont restaurant and bar that specializes in handcrafted pizzas and calzones, sandwiches, and craft beers. It has two locations - one in South Burlington and the other...

Counter Intelligence

Counter Intelligence

Deanna Oakes November 14, 2022

The Blue Benn Diner is a restaurant in Bennington, Vermont, and is a landmark in the Bennington community. The train car diner was shipped to Bennington in 1948 and assembled on the very spot on which...

Mock Eeel

A Single Pebble rocks

Kyle Gagnon March 18, 2022

A Single Pebble has been a staple of the downtown Burlington food scene since 1997. It is the first restaurant that comes to mind when I am asked, “We’re going to be in town next weekend, is there...

The Nutty Goat

Going nuts for goat nuts

Opal Savoy, Editor in Chief November 18, 2021

How far would you go for a chance to have the best burger you’ve ever had in your life? If your answer isn’t Jeffersonville, Vermont, then you’re deceiving yourself and you’re definitely missing...

The salad epic salad in question

More Mudgie’s, please!

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

About a year ago, I reviewed a quaint little food truck in Johnson named Mudgie’s. It’s parked out on the town green, just across Main Street from School Street. It’s a great place to stop on your...

Piecasso’s nice, but the price...

Piecasso’s nice, but the price…

Samantha Brodzinski, Contributor May 3, 2021

Over this past year, we have all grown accustomed to being inside and remaining distant from others. Sadly, this meant not being able to enjoy going to our favorite restaurants, where we most likely had...

Burgers, booze and a bargain: blissful Blackbird Bistro

Burgers, booze and a bargain: blissful Blackbird Bistro

Opal Savoy, Web Editor May 3, 2021

I’ve lived in Craftsbury, Vermont since before I could walk. As long as I’ve lived there, the town has never seen a true restaurant established in its limits—until now. In the winter of 2019-2020,...

A much maligned magnificent masterpiece

A much maligned magnificent masterpiece

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor April 12, 2021

Oatmeal raisin cookies! For anybody who hasn’t run screaming, let’s talk about these delightfully packaged sources of... oatmeal and raisins. I’m not exactly the most food-oriented person in the...

The time of takeout

The time of takeout

Opal Savoy, Web Editor April 12, 2021

It’s not easy to get out of the house these days, and when it comes to finding safe opportunities to indulge in the finer things in life, there aren’t a whole lot of options. However, there is something...

Burger Barn: an old favorite during this new normal

Burger Barn: an old favorite during this new normal

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter April 12, 2021

Burgers are about as American as Hulk Hogan. The classic American cheeseburger was always a favorite of mine and has always been my go-to when judging a dining establishment’s quality. I have this rule:...

Coke with coffee is a surprising success

Coke with coffee is a surprising success

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief March 18, 2021

I imagine the Coca-Cola executives sitting in a big, fancy board room on a penthouse somewhere warm, wearing matching Coca-Cola ties and branded water bottles as they sip experimental versions of Coke...

Eat This!

Eat This!

Justin Robertiello, Contributor March 3, 2021

I grew up eating the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick’s Day thanks to my mom’s devotion to her Irish descent. My only question, like with a lot of holiday meals, is, “why...

New Fu Lins pre pandemic

New Fu Lin’s does cheap and greasy right

Marcus Allen, Staff Reporter March 3, 2021

Who doesn’t love cheap, greasy Chinese food? It’s filling until it hits midnight and you end up wanting more, the portions are immense and best of all, it tastes fantastic, hitting all the fat, sugar...

Crispy meatballs and more

Crispy meatballs and more

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

It was my 26th birthday, and all I could think about was what I was I going to eat that day. Luckily for me, my father knew exactly where to go, so we headed to New York City. New York has a wonderful...

Eat This! Fall food edition

Eat This! Fall food edition

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

When the fall season rolls around, I embrace the colors and the weather and bring them into my food dishes. I like them to be colorful with reds, yellows, browns and oranges, and I always add a little...

Baked Crab Cake and Jumbo Shrimp at The Shanty on the Shore.

Long time, no seafood

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor September 22, 2020

Way back in 2019, on the last day of March, I decided that dinner would be the last time I ate meat. For about a year and a half, I didn’t eat meat. I found the experience to be rewarding in the sense...

Mudgies front on the village green

Mudgie’s satisfies

Soleil Devyn Borthwick, Staff Reporter September 15, 2020

Sometimes, a full belly is just the thing you need from a meal. If that’s the case, Mudgie’s food truck is an exceptional choice. Mudgie’s, named for its owner Cody Mudgett, is a Mediterranean food...

Quarantine Ice Cream

Quarantine Ice Cream

Meghan Hilferty, Contributor May 6, 2020

“Ice cream today or tomorrow?” my mother messaged me. “Today,” I instantly replied and finished my Feature Writing revisions. Despite some odd days of snow, April 18 is warm enough to get...

Pictured here: The Ira Allen, General Lee, El Alamo, and the Nutty Goat.

The Burger Barn: revisited

Adriana Eldred, Photo Editor May 4, 2020

Two years ago almost exactly to date I began my love affair with the Burger Barn in Jeffersonville. The Burger Barn was my first ever food review for Basement Medicine, and while certainly not my last,...

Cooking, the pandemic way

Cooking, the pandemic way

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter April 21, 2020

If you don’t enjoy cooking, you’re missing how personal it can be. Every time I cook, whether it’s at a restaurant or at home, the process becomes a part of how I feel.  The weather outside...

A Charlmont breakfast

A Charlmont breakfast

Cole Shebak, Contributor April 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: This article was written before NVU moved to remote instruction. However, the Charlmont is still offering curbside takeout services at On the flat...

A taste of the Big Apple

Tijana Ganun March 15, 2020

As a native New Yorker, one of the things I like best about the city are its many restaurants. If you’re ever in New York and are looking for some delicious and memorable culinary treats, here are some...

Hash, eggs, biscuits and gravy from the Milton Diner... defibrillator not included.

The Milton Diner is a local classic

Cody Blaisedell, Student December 12, 2019

In the town of Milton, Vermont, just short of 30 miles west of Johnson, a staple in the community that has thrived for over 40 years rests on the side of Route 7. When entering Milton from Interstate 89,...

The Monarch and the Milkweed offers eclectic cuisine done well

The Monarch and the Milkweed offers eclectic cuisine done well

Justin Robertiello, Staff Reporter December 12, 2019

Monarch and the Milkweed is located on 111 Saint Paul St, Burlington ,Vermont. The restaurant presents itself as a pastry shop, fine diner, and cocktail bar. The feel of this place is quite relaxing, and...

Moogs’ Joint, complete with performance stage

Moog’s Joint opens in Johnson

Rebecca Flieder September 20, 2019

Tom Moog has spent the last eight years “passionately trying to make Moogs’s in Morrisville what it is today.” He’s hosted benefits for members of the community and helped get the Oxbow Park recognised...

Pigging out at Martell’s at the  Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Pigging out at Martell’s at the Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Rebecca Flieder April 24, 2019

CLUNK! I was afraid we’d lose a tire before we’d ever see a hostess, let alone our meal. I was so hungry. CLUNK! “Turn right in two miles,” said the GPS. CLUNK! Nevermind the fact I was driving...

Paradise on a plate

Rebecca Flieder April 4, 2019

It’s a cold and blustery night, the kind of night that rattles window panes and, if you dare to brave it, will stick its prickly thumbs into your eye sockets just to see you suffer. These kinds of nights,...

A stuffed quesadilla

El Toro: a great spot and that’s no bull

Magnificent Schmidl February 21, 2019

El Toro is a small, family owned Mexican restaurant and bar that prides itself in their quality of food as well as their support of local music. Outside on this February night, it is windy and gray, but...

A nice cup of kitty

A purr-fect afternoon

Kylie Brown October 29, 2018

I found heaven on earth in Montreal, over fall break. After a stressful soul draining first seven weeks back at college, I was desperate for an experience to reignite my faith in humanity and ability...

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